Hoshiarpur, February 8, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
Targeting the SAD, BJP and Congress over the Contract Farming Act made during 2013 in the Punjab Assembly, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said that all the three parties had colluded and taken anti-farmer decisions.
These words were stated by the Aam Aadmi Party, Punjab co-incharge Raghav Chadha during a press conference convened here on Monday. Raghav Chadha is on a visit to Punjab to campaign for the Aam Aadmi Party candidates for the municipal bodies’ elections.
Chadha said that while in power in Punjab, SAD-BJP had introduced Contract Farming Act, 2013 and started enacting laws to ruin the farmers. Showing the documents, he said that now the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government had come up with this black law which was originally made by the Akali Dal under which a farmer could be fined and sentenced to imprisonment for violating the Contract Farming Act.
He said that the opposition Congress in the then Punjab assembly was also responsible for bringing this Act, which had agreed to pass it unanimously in the Punjab assembly instead of protesting against this anti-farmers law.
Showing the document of the Punjab Legislative Assembly, Chadha said that as per page number 112 of March 25, 2013, all the MLAs of Punjab had agreed at that time and no one had objected.
“It is a law that makes farmers a kind of bonded labour,” he added. He said that Captain Amarinder Singh and Punjab Congress party president Sunil Jakhar were MLAs at that time, but they did not oppose the law.
“Now, when the Modi government at the centre came up with the black laws on agriculture, Captain Amarinder was still a member of the High Power Committee, who agreed to the black laws,” he added.
Lashing out at Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Chadha said that Captain Amarinder had always stabbed the farmers of Punjab in the back. He said that Captain first agreed to the Contract Farming Act in 2013 and now agreed to the black laws introduced by the centre.
Further questioning Captain Amarinder Singh and Sunil Jakhar, he said, “There has been a Congress government in Punjab for the last 4 years. If they had come to know that these laws were so dangerous that the farmers could be imprisoned, then why has Captain government not amended the laws so far?”
He said that not only this, in 2017, Captain Amarinder Singh government brought the APMC Act and it was also made clear that it would not have any effect in the Contract Farming Act of 2013. “This means that even then the Contract Farming Act proved to be correct.
This was a law which would ruin the farmers and also usurp the lands of the farmers,” he added. Chadha said that agriculture was the jurisdiction of the state, which could have withdrawn the 2013 law, amended it, brought in laws for the rights of the farmers, but Captain due to his anti-farmer policies, proved to be pro for such genocidal laws.
He said that now that the farmers had understood their ploys, the Congress and the Akalis were all playing tricks and shedding tears. He added that the people had understood and will teach them a lesson in the future.